Hayao Miyazaki Announces Retirement

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

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Hayao Miyazaki | oprainfall

An animator and manga artist for 50 years, renowned veteran director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki has officially announced his retirement at the Venice Film Festival, where his latest film, The Wind Rises, is currently screening. While he was not directly present at the film festival when making the announcement, the head of Studio Ghibli, Koji Hoshino, stated that Miyazaki “decided to make [The Wind Rises] his last film and he will now retire.”

No more details have been given at this time, but it was said that the 72-year-old director will be holding a briefing in Tokyo sometime later. Throughout his career, Hayao Miyazaki has been involved in over 40 different animated productions, from television serials to feature-length and short films. He began as a key animator for Toei Animation before moving up as a director for Tokyo Movie Shinsha, where he made two Lupin the Third movies, and later creating Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. This allowed the founding of Studio Ghibli, where many of his successful films, including Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro, were made. An advocate of traditional hand-drawn animation, his lifelike watercolor animation, incredible attention to detail, and thematic musings about nature, pacifism and a longing for a simpler time have touched the hearts of viewers and critics alike, earning him many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Picture in 2002 for Spirited Away.

It is unknown if Miyazaki will continue animating smaller projects in his own time, but the works he produced throughout his career are to be cherished forever.


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  • Axle_Magnum

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. I hope he enjoys his retirement.

  • cetrata

    He said the same thing with every project he directed since Monoke. He will only retire when he dies.

  • Anthony Yousef

    There are only a few days I promised I would ever really cry: when Miyazaki retires from film making, George Takei is pronounced dead, and when Stan Lee retires. I’m gonna need a while. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to search for my Miyazaki collection and reminisce. Thank you for all the great times, Miyazaki!

    • RagunaXL

      but stan lee is retired… and dead.

    • Anthony Yousef

      heh, nice try.

  • Pedro Rosas

    What do you mean still talented for his age????

    With age comes experience!!!

    please slap yourself for saying that, you wish you had at least an eighth of his talent

    • Andy Na

      Indeed, my wording was careless and I apologize if it sounded like I disrespected the man’s talent, or the elderly for that matter. But age is a terrible thing that can be physically and mentally straining to all artists, distinguished or no. And for Miyazaki, as well as all filmmakers his age, to continue making wonderful films at the eve of their careers is always remarkable.

    • TrollingForColumbine2.0

      u suk at writing

    • Miyazaki’s Gaurdian

      Leave him alone! He’s old! Have pity on the elders!

  • Vallen

    It was a fun ride. Best of luck to him in the future. Now I hope they release the few remaining films on BD so I can complete my collection (the likes of spirited away…)

  • Alexander Aubert

    retire or “retire”?

  • RagunaXL

    well, when ‘wind rises’ hits, theatres, I might do a week-long miyazaki ‘full run’ marathon